Each year on July 14, Bastille Day, which marks the anniversary of the French Revolution of 1789, is a highly anticipated event in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, bringing together more than 1,500 guests, including senior officials from the United Arab Emirates, diplomats and members of the French local community. in one of the most prestigious hotels in the city.
“The French community as a whole is grateful to the leaders of the United Arab Emirates for taking the necessary measures to protect the population. We are therefore fully committed to respecting and implementing the security measures in place, ”said France’s ambassador Ludovic Pouille. “However, we couldn’t imagine just canceling our national holiday. This is how we came up with an innovative and creative concept for an online ceremony. ”
“As the Ambassador of France explained, the three priorities of this year’s ceremony in the United Arab Emirates are, on the one hand, to honor the victims of this terrible pandemic, in the United Arab Emirates, in France and elsewhere in the world; on the other hand, to pay tribute to the French citizens of the UAE – doctors, teachers, cultural actors, soldiers, civil servants, business chambers, etc. – who helped the community to overcome these difficult times, in full coordination with the UAE authorities, at federal and local level; third, to highlight the exceptional partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates, which continued to thrive in these exceptional circumstances, “said a press release from the French Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
The hour-long ceremony on the theme of solidarity will include an original representation of the Emirati and French hymns, two ministerial speeches as well as a short musical concert.
Antoine Alheritiere, embassy communications manager, in charge of organizing the event, said: “The audience of the French embassy on social networks – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – has experienced Rapid growth in recent years, and our digital communication has been of the utmost importance during the current crisis to keep our fellow citizens well informed. ”
“Our National Digital Day is an unprecedented experience in the United Arab Emirates. It is an open event, accessible to all. Speeches will be in French and Arabic, with English subtitles. We will post the ceremony on Facebook and Twitter (@FranceEmirats) on July 14, starting at 7 p.m. Join us! ”
30,000 French nationals reside in the UAE.